|Statue of Payne Stewart by the practice green|
The result of that post was Golficity asking if I cared to write a piece for them naming Ireland's Top Ten Bucket List courses. It seemed only fair that I put myself in a position to be hauled over the coals, so I accepted willingly.
If you want to see my Top Ten, you'll need to click here to visit Golficity's site... but before you do, ask yourself some questions and consider a few things:
- This list is aimed at an American golfing audience... what will that do to the balance of links vs. parkland golf courses? Have a guess... how many links are on the list?
- American golfers like their trophy courses when they plan their Ireland golf vacations... in your head, can you name the obvious top ten? I guarantee one of them won't be on my list.
- I have, for the most part, gone with the old reliables, excluding possibly two that most people would include. In their place I have included a couple of my absolute favourites, but I have had to leave out others that would have made it had I been producing a list of Ireland's Best Ten Golf Courses...
... and that's the fascinating thing about rating/ranking courses and producing Top Ten lists. My Bucket List is a fair bit different to my 'Best' List. But that's for another day.
Take a look and come back to me if... sorry, when... you disagree.